Table of Contents

Section 5

5.1 Definition
5.2 Levels of Quality Auditing
5.3 Quality Auditing Guidelines
5.4 Typical Audit Questions
5.5 References
5.6 Attachments

5.1 Definition

A quality audit is a systematic check carried out on an activity, works or procedures. It should be conducted by an independent person in collaboration with the individual directly responsible. A comparison is made between the situation as it actually is and as it should be according to project requirements. This enables any anomalies to be identified and corrective action to be taken.

5.2 Levels of Quality Auditing

In the context of the site, external audits may be conducted at the following levels:

  • By Company head office Manager of Quality Assurance on Company or subcontractors' site operations.
  • By a third party for certification or renewal of certification to a quality assurance standard.
  • By a client, actual or potential, on Company site activity.

For these three cases the matter is normally handled by the head office Manager of Quality Assurance. The Quality Assurance Manager shall render to him whatever assistance he may require.

Concerning internal audits on the site, they shall be conducted by the Quality Assurance Manager or a person designated by him. They can be at two levels:

  • On Company.
  • On a subcontractor, actual or potential.

(There may also be internal audits conducted by the subcontractor as defined in his Quality Plan).

5.3 Quality Auditing Guidelines


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